Yiddish: I’ll turn your intestines into a telephone cord!

SOURCE: Harshav, The Meaning of Yiddish.  Benjamin Harshav tells how he learned this curse in a video excerpt from his oral history interview with the Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center. Anatomical images by Sigismond Laskowski (credit: U.S. National Library of Medicine).  Compare:

.איך וועל אויסמעסטן די שטאָט מיט דײַנע קישקעס
Ikh vel oysmestn di shtot mit dayne kishkes.
I’ll use your intestines to measure out the whole town.

Avrom Sutzkever, from the story "A shvartser malekh mit a shpilke in hant"
("A black angel with a pin in his hand"), written in 1980.

כ׳וועל מאַכן פֿון דײַנע קישקעס אַ טעלעפֿאָן!

Kh'vel makhn fun dayne kishkes a telefon!

I’ll turn your intestines into a telephone cord!

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